Product Type: Mattel Outdoor Toy
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Matalan Beach Bucket Set
Matalan Filled Beach Bucket
Member Name: bringingsexyback
Matalan Filled Beach Bucket
Advantages: A good selection for being so cheap
Disadvantages: Some of the things have been broken
WHAT IS IT?
A set of beach toys that come packed into a bucket from Matalan the clothes shop.
WHAT IS IN THE SET
My bucket is red with a blue handle, it is square with a shape at the bottom so that when you make a sand castle it is in the shape of a castle with turrets and towers. The bucket is not very big but it is ok for small children even though my daughters look a little bit too big for it now after I bought it 2 years ago. Inside the bucket there is a spade and sand fork, these are both very small and more for toddlers than older children. There was also 2 sand moulds in my set and a tiny watering can.
WHAT I THINK
I did not pay very much money for this set and I bought 2 for each of my daughters when we went on holiday. One of the sets has all broken or been lost so that all we have got left is the bucket but the other set is still complete except for one of the sand moulds that was broken when my daughter trod on it while we was on holiday.
The bucket is made of very thin plastic and I am shocked that neither of the buckets have broken. I think the spade and fork are also thin but the plastic is folded over to make the handles and that helps to stop them being damaged. You have to be careful with how the moulds are played with because they are small and can be easily broken, they make good shapes in the sand and I think there are different selections because both of my daughters have got a clam shell mould but one has got a seahorse and the other bucket had a starfish but that was the one that broke.
We have used these a lot at the beach in England and taken them to Italy also. They have lasted good I think even though things have been broken in play, they should not be used by children who are under 3 years but that is silly and my 13 month old daughter plays with ours and the size is more suitable for her than her big sisters. I think it would be too small even for some 3 year olds.
My children used these play sets in the mud patch when we went home to Italy recently and it is very thick mud so one of the sand rakes snapped, they have been good always in the sand but I think the mud was too heavy. The sand moulds work good in mud as well as sand but children get very dirty when they are packing wet mud into small moulds.
I paid only £2 for each set and I remember it was at the end of the summer because I put them into the shed for a long time and they were not used. I bought 5 lots and gave some to children who came with us to Brighton last summer when the weather was hot. I think it is good value because things like this I think will last for one summer only and we still have a lot of the pieces left and in good condition that have been used for 2 summers now.
4 Dooyoo Stars.
Summary: This set is very good and has given my children a lot of fun
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